The question should be " how do I keep my brain from turning to mush" during the summer! The answer is, read, read, and then read some more! Don't fall into the gaming, gadgets, and gizmos trap. These are signs of not only a brain on vacation, but a brain that is mushing for the lack of real and meaningful stimulation. Challenge yourself to read something long, something fun, something hard, and then pile up on the beach reading! Your brain will keep its shape, you will keep your wits, you will be thoroughly entertained, and both you and your brain will be ready for the rigors of next year.